ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Chappell is personification his 143rd eventuality on a PGA Tour and looking for his initial win.
Kevin Kisner is 0 for 109.
Both were in position to collect adult their initial feat going into a weekend in a RSM Classic during Sea Island. But their position is not as identical as it looks on paper.
Chappell has had a integrate of tighten calls – runner-up finishes in a 2013 Memorial and 2011 Texas Open – yet differently has been a solid performer in his 5 prior years on a PGA Tour. He has nonetheless to make it to a Tour Championship.
Kisner is removing used to being in a hunt. He mislaid in playoffs this year to Jim Furyk during Hilton Head, to Rickie Fowler during The Players Championship and in a four-man playoff during The Greenbrier Classic. Then, he played good adequate to win a HSBC Champions in Shanghai dual weeks ago solely that Russell Knox outplayed him and won by two.
Kisner already is in a Masters subsequent year since he done it to a Tour Championship. Besides, he has risen to No. 25 in a world. Even so, zero tops a feeling of that initial PGA Tour victory, and those dual are not alone in their pursuit.
Chappell had a 5-under 65 on a Seaside Course and had a one-shot lead over Kisner and Freddie Jacobson of Sweden. Kisner played in a organisation in front of Chappell and shot a 67, while Jacobson had a 5-under 67 on a Plantation Course.
Saturday should go a prolonged approach toward environment a theatre for a final round.
THE LEADER: Chappell done a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 4, yet a genuine scoring came on a par-5 15th. From a fort usually brief of a green, he used a pitching crowd to make certain a round got all a approach to a behind tier. It came out perfectly, even yet a fort was so low that he couldn’t see a round when it landed on a tip tier. He listened someone say, ”Go in!” before a dozen or so people in a gallery began to cheer.
The eagle put him in a lead, and he sealed with 3 pars to finish 36 holes during 11-under 131.
The position is zero new – during slightest during Sea Island. Two years ago, a UCLA alum was one shot out of a lead going into a weekend. Last year, he was 4 behind.
THE CHASERS: Kisner seized a early lead Friday with dual birdies in 4 holes and played bogey-free a rest of a way. He usually didn’t make many some-more birdies, solely for a par-5 15th.
Kisner has not been overly unhappy during all a tighten calls this year since he unequivocally did zero wrong. Furyk finished birdie-birdie in a playoff. Fowler was simply marvellous during Sawgrass. The difference competence have been Greenbrier, where Kisner strike his tee shot on a par-3 18th over a immature in a playoff.
”Same bar was 20 feet brief of a pin in law and goes over a immature in a playoff,” Kisner said. ”I told my caddie, ‘I’m finale it right here.’ And we did – for me.”
THE OTHERS: Ten of a tip 20 players on a leaderboard have not won on a PGA Tour.
The list includes Hiroshi Iwata of Japan, who shot 63 in a PGA Championship during Whistling Straits this year to tie a vital championship record; Rickie Barnes and Jim Herman; and youngsters Michael Kim and Trey Mullinax.
Winning comes with a mark in a Masters, and usually 4 of a tip 20 are already in Augusta National – Kisner, Graeme McDowell, Robert Streb and Matt Kuchar.
FATHER KNOWS BEST: Davis Love III, a contest host, rallied for a 2-under 70 during Plantation to make a cut on a number.
Davis Love IV wasn’t so fortunate.
The 21-year-old son – he goes by Dru – was 3 underneath with 7 holes to play when it all got divided from him. Dru Love played those holes in 7-over, shot 42 on a front 9 for a 76 and missed a cut by 6 shots.
He was headed behind to propagandize during Alabama before his subsequent large contest opposite a likes of Nicklaus, Trevino, Strange and Langer. That would be a Father-Son Challenge. And formed on how they looked during Sea Island, it doesn’t seem like a satisfactory fight.
THE CUT: With a clever breeze gripping down scores, 87 players done a cut during 2-under 140.
Because some-more than 78 players competent for a weekend, there will be a 54-hole cut Saturday for a tip 70 and ties.
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